Reviewed by Christine

First, I would like to be clear about the intended function of Skinceuticals CE Ferulic.  It is an antioxidant barrier, formulated and designed to protect the skin from free radical damage, oxidative stress and environmental irritants. In other words, defend your delicate outer layer from all the nasties that it is vulnerable to on a daily basis.  Why is protection worth $144 of your very hard earned money? Why not put this money toward a product that is meant to change your overstressed skin, rather than just keep everything “as is”?  No matter if you’re in your 20s, and have not yet damaged your skin, or (like me) you’re in your 40s and require some serious transformation – protection should be a key part of your skincare regime. Let’s face it, the world is against us in our quest to NOT age gracefully!  It is vital that you preserve all that hard work you do to achieve your version of perfect skin.

On to the benefits and results of this particular form of protection. Although I’m well aware of the necessity of a good Vitamin C serum for my aging, sun spotted skin, I’ve never done well with those that I’ve tried. I usually end up with tiny pustules; redness and irritation that override the well documented benefits… and off it goes - to a friend, or to the back of my cabinet. Given my dysfunctional history with C products, I did not have high hopes for this one. The thing I noticed right off the bat, was how quickly and thoroughly the product absorbed into my skin. My skin tends to be dry, so I was very pleased with the healthy sheen and noticeable firmness I saw after the product penetrated.  It is very light on the face and seems to provide a nice foundation for my moisturizer and SPF.  One of the other issues I sometimes have with serums, is that they become “gummy” when layered underneath other products – not this one.

A little goes a long way, as I am able to disperse to my entire face with just a few drops on my forehead, cheeks and chin. As the weeks went on, I began to visibly notice the touted benefits of a good C serum: hyperpigmentation fading, brightness increasing, texture improving! It actually works and for the first time… sans pustules, redness and irritation. Add noticeable results (5 weeks of religious use) to serious protection from the nasties and I will be adjusting my budget to accommodate this product going forward.

On a somewhat side note: The package insert claims that once absorbed, the serum cannot be washed or rubbed off and that it will remain on the skin for a minimum of 72 hours. This greatly appeals to me because, unlike many other skincare junkies, I don’t do satin pillowcases! I always retire with that nagging worry that my costly lotions and potions are sinking deeply into my cotton bedding (and therefore NOT into my skin).


Water, Ethoxydiglycol, 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, 1% Alpha Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, 0.5% Ferulic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate